Higher GP premiums could fund no-fault disability scheme

GPs could face higher indemnity premiums as the result of a Commonwealth no-fault disability scheme now being debated, medical defence organisations have warned.

A Productivity Commission discussion paper released last week has put forward a number of options for such a scheme, along with a series of suggested funding models - one of which would see doctors chip in through higher annual medical indemnity premiums.

The commission has suggested the scheme could be funded by taxpayers, through a redirection of current government subsidies for medical claims, through medical indemnity premiums - or a mix of all three.